Mumbai, October 14:
The Maharashtra government has announced that all the colleges and universities in-state will be able to conduct physical classes from October 20. Nonetheless, all students must be fully vaccinated in order to attend the offline classroom sessions, said the state Higher and Technical Education Minister, Uday Samant.
Schools and colleges have been shut for more than 1-and-a-half years due to the pandemic.
Samant said, “All the non-agricultural colleges, state-run universities, deemed universities, self-financed universities, and colleges affiliated to them can start holding physical classes from October 20. The teaching as well as non-teaching staff should complete their vaccination on priority.”
The minister also stated that the universities and colleges must offer online classes for those students who are unable to attend physical classes due to reasons.
He said, “Only the students who have taken both the doses can attend the classes. Those students who are yet to complete their vaccination against Covid-19 should get it on priority by coordinating with their respective colleges.”
The decision related to how many students should attend a class would be taken after discussing the matter with local authorities empowered under the Disaster Management Act, 2005. Every university should issue the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to the colleges affiliated with it.
A proposal allowing college-going students to board local trains in Mumbai will be submitted to the state chief secretary shortly.
The students staying at hostels will be intimated by their college administrations. The colleges are supposed to discuss the issue with the officials of higher and technical education officials regarding the opening of hostels.
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